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Ancaster, ON

Marshall Memorial United Church (MMUC) is seeking a full-time ordained minister to fulfill the ministerial responsibilities of worship leadership, pastoral care, Christian education and outreach, commencing July 1, 2018. Located in the heart of Ancaster, Ontario, MMUC is a warm and welcoming congregation of committed and faithful members. The young and old alike enjoy the option of weekly contemporary and traditional worship services. We have renovated facilities and advanced technological resources. We are focused on understanding the needs of our external and internal community in order to “Walk in God’s Way and Serve in God’s World”. The successful candidate will support our journey as a faith community that respects and responds to the needs of all ages. This individual will be a skilled and engaging preacher, a visionary and strategic thinker, have strong interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to work well with others of all ages and backgrounds in cooperative ministry while having excellent administrative, organizational and technological skills. For more information and the JNAC report visit our website www.mmuc.org. Applications will be accepted at searchmarshallmemorial@gmail.com until the closing date of January 12, 2018. Contact: Search Committee Chair, 905-648-5979.

Chatham-Kent, ON

Guilds Pastoral Charge seeks a full-time minister to serve a two-point charge each with an innate, instinctive sense of community. For anyone that has attended or served in a rural church, you know the experience of small intimate connections found in these awesome congregations. We are looking for the right person to aid and encourage our smaller churches – not so they can become a “big” church, but so we can make a BIG difference. Nestled in southwestern Ontario, about an hour away from each of the two metropolitan cities of Windsor and London and only a short drive to the shores of Lake Erie and Rondeau Provincial Park. Looking for a strong, engaging, spiritual leader who is ready to take on a key strategic role in exploring and possibly implementing a clustering arrangement with other churches in the area. Review our profile and apply through www.londonconference.ca, (see Vacancies, Kent Presbytery).

Kingston, ON

We seek an Intentional Interim Minster who wishes to serve two historic congregations in downtown Kingston. Chalmers United Church and Sydenham Street United Church have chosen to move forward in an innovative model of shared worship, while maintaining the presence and ministry of each congregation in their heritage buildings. We seek a minister who has a progressive, creative and scholarly theological framework; a keen interest in and commitment to pastoral care for all ages; excellent communication skills; a passion for social justice both locally and globally, and the training and ability to support our congregations through a time of transition. One of the churches is an Affirming congregation, the other is examining the process to become officially Affirming. Kingston, located at the east end of Lake Ontario, is a progressive city with a rich educational, cultural, and historic presence. The vacancy is effective January 1, 2018. The Combined JNAC Report, as well as the Chalmers/Sydenham Street Visioning document and other relevant information regarding the life and work of the congregations may be found on either website: www.sydenhamstreet.ca (see About SSUC), or www.chalmersunitedchurch.org. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2018, and should be submitted to the Combined Joint Search Committee c/o jointsearch.kingston@gmail.com.

Kingston, ON

Situated close to Lake Ontario, St Andrew’s by-the-Lake is a warm, welcoming and inclusive community. Outreach is important to us, and our unique multi-purpose building is a welcome resource for many community partners. We are seeking an enthusiastic full-time minister who will offer leadership in our communal and individual spiritual journeys. Our new minister will lead us in innovative and contemporary worship services that appeal to our theologically diverse congregation. Music is an important element of our worship, and members enjoy active participation in the service. The successful candidate will also coordinate and provide pastoral care and lead Christian education and spiritual growth opportunities. We are located in a desirable neighborhood of west Kingston, close to conservation areas, shopping, restaurants and express bus service. Applications are welcomed from candidates who are ordained, diaconal or designated lay ministers, or student interns. Please direct letter of application, resumé and requests for information (including our JNAC report) to our corresponding secretary, Chris Scott, standbythelake@gmail.com, by February 1, 2018.

New Minas, NS

Orchard Valley United Church, located in the middle of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, surrounded by orchards, vineyards and farm country, is searching for an energetic, dynamic, compassionate, experienced and inspirational ordained full-time minister. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement: “Inspired by the grace of God, we are a welcoming faith family called to love ourselves, others and the world. We seek to deepen our spiritual understanding and reach out through worship and socially just action.” We appreciate a leader who shares a sense of humour, will work with our talented music director and will guide us into our next phase of spiritual growth and mission work. Preaching, pastoral care, Christian development and outreach are priorities for our congregation. Our JNAC report is available at www.orchardvalleyunited.ca. Inquiries and resumes are invited until a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Peter Oleskevich, Search Committee Chair, at 902-542-8022, or peter.oleskevich@gmail.com.

Pelham/Dunnville, ON

Bethany United Church and Fenwick United Church in the Niagara Peninsula are looking to move forward together, effective this summer, through shared ministry. Both congregations have agricultural roots and are located about twenty minutes apart by car. Our churches have been served well in the recent past by retired half-time ministers. We are seeking a full-time minister to lead worship and encourage music in each congregation, visit members of the congregations with the assistance of pastoral care committees, and support children and youth activities. We seek to be inclusive faith communities within the broad spectrum of United Church Theology. For more information, please visit our respective websites at www.fenwickunited.com and www.bethanyunited-church.com. Applications are to be emailed to both fenwick.united.church@gmail.com and bethanyucoffice@gmail.com.

Saskatoon, SK

St. Martin’s United Church, an affirming congregation, is seeking a full-time minister in a multiple staff model. Each minister has specific accountabilities and are all expected to work together to plan activities to meet the spiritual needs of the congregation. The Minister III position will have primary duties of preaching and worship leadership, pastoral care, faith development, participation in Presbytery, Conference and the wider community, and in shared administration. The position is suitable for an ordered minister (ordained or diaconal) or a United Church of Canada Designated Lay Minister. The person will have the following skills and competencies: Strong preaching and worship leadership; an ability to relate sermons to scriptures and congregants’ lives; demonstrated strength in program design and leadership; strong competencies in pastoral and spiritual care; an ability to relate to people of all ages, and be supportive of children and youth programing; a commitment to ongoing education; strong organizational skills; effective communication and interpersonal skills; strong team player skills; good computer literacy; a sense of humour; an ability to manage time effectively; and professional and personal maturity. The JNAC and other information may be found at www.stmartinsuc.com/search.html. Application deadline: February 9, 2018. Please send inquiries and resumés to the confidential email: search@stmartinsuc.com.

Selkirk, ON

Faith Centennial United Church is a rural, traditional, Christ-centred congregation. We are “family-sized”, welcoming and mission focused. The village of Selkirk is situated along the north shore of Lake Erie, in Erie Presbytery of Hamilton Conference. We have an immediate opportunity for a three-quarter time ordained minister to lead an eager group of lay leaders and followers into a new phase of spiritual growth and Christian service. Manse available. To view our JNAC report visit www.fcuc.ca. Please send resumés to johnnyretail@sympatico.ca.

Southampton-Mount Hope, ON

We live our mission of Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Hands. We are looking to welcome a full-time minister who will work with us on our two-point pastoral charge. Southampton is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, with Mount Hope in a nearby rural setting. To view our JNAC Report, visit www.smhuc.ca. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2018. Send resumés to Sue Duliban at sduliban@hamconf.org.

Straffordville, ON

Come join Bayham United Church as we embark on an exciting journey of continued growth and deepening faith, in the small town of Straffordville. We are looking for an energetic, light-hearted, and outgoing candidate to be a partner in our vision. Let us care for you while you care for us, and we can build a lasting relationship. We hope to find a worship leader who will bring the scriptures to life, and provide a message that we can relate to our everyday lives. In other words, a story-teller as much as a preacher. We know that with the help of an outstanding candidate we can become the beacon of light for the United Church in East Elgin. If you are interested, please refer to London Conference Vacancy website at www.londonconference.ca.

Toronto, ON

Cummer Avenue United Church is seeking a part-time lay person to be a Minister for Congregational Care. We require someone with excellent listening and empathetic skills and the ability to provide spiritual/pastoral care to people in various stages of life. A background and education in social work or health services related to the responsibilities of the position would be beneficial. Such a person will have a basic understanding of scripture and of its authority within the United Church, be able to draw on spiritual resources and have the ability to occasionally participate in a leadership role during worship events. The complete job description and application details are available on the Cummer Avenue United Church website, www.cummeravenueuc.ca/single-post/2018/01/04/Join-the-CAUC-Team. Applications to be received by 12 noon on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Toronto, ON

Eglinton St. George’s is seeking a “Next Generation & Growth Minister” to work in concert with our congregation, Lead Minister and capable staff to champion our mission to expand connections beyond our existing community with a focus on engaging and attracting young adults and families. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, positive and creative ordained Minister with excellent interpersonal and social media skills. They should also have meaningful experience in developing and implementing Family and Youth ministry programming. If this position calls to you please refer to www.esgunited.org under the “News & Events” tab for more details.

Walkerton, ON

We are seeking a trained and approved Interim Minister for a two-year period starting January 2018. St. Paul’s United Church is a well-established congregation with a strong core of dedicated and talented members. We have a vibrant music program with skilled accompanists and choir members. Volunteers support Kid’s Church, Future Directions Committee, Women Alive meetings, Book Club meetings, Soup Sundays, pot luck meals and a variety of other activities for our multi aged congregation. We are a congregation willing to embrace change as shown by the enthusiastic response to exploring becoming an Affirming Congregation. Our “We Care Team” ensures that all members who are ill or unable to attend church on a regular basis are remembered, visited and included. Like most congregations, we are struggling with the realities of today’s church. A dedicated and strong, forward-thinking church council works as a united group to move our Church Family forward. We look forward to working with an Interim Minister who will support and guide our path forward. Contact pthor@wightman.ca.

Ministry of Music

Other Positions Available

Oberammergau 2020

An exciting opportunity awaits you. If you are a born leader that loves to travel, are highly organized and can stay calm in a changing environment, Craig Travel would love to hear from you. We are currently seeking applicants for Group Escort positions for our 2020 Oberammergau departures with the possibility of becoming a regular group escort. If you are a pied piper that can encourage people to travel with you, please send your request for an Oberammergau Escort Application Package to rob@craigtravel.com as soon as possible.

Church Related

Church Website Service

Church Website Service - Churchweb Canada can help you update and run your church website. Our new sites are secure, fast and optimized for tablet and phone. Our support is unlimited and dependable. 844-541-4212, help@churchwebcanada.ca, or www.churchwebcanada.ca.

A Marriage Preparation Video Resource

More Than Friends is an innovative, inclusive, flexible, and affordable web-based marriage preparation video resource, adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith. Convenient. Engaging. Addresses “hard to discuss” issues. Supported by United Church of Canada grants. Visit www.morethanfriends.live for more information.

The Ministers’ Professional Association

Already in place and at work - at no cost to the United Church. Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter is for United Church Clergy, Faith Workers & Family. So much to discuss. So much wisdom to share. Let’s talk! Please contact Robin Wardlaw: President@Unifaith.ca; 416-840-3211 or www.unifaith.ca



Spiritual Health

The Prayer Bench

Nurturing a growing spiritual life. Visit the Prayer Bench for seasonal Small Group Studies and personal Email Retreats. Other resources are available for self-directed continuing education or Sabbath days. Join Janice MacLean at  www.prayerbench.ca, a Chignecto Presbytery Recognized Ministry.

Winter Silent Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Winter Silent Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre – Feb. 6-8, Mar. 6-8, 2018 (Tues. noon–Thurs. 1 pm). Come for “me” time in this sacred space. Decompress, rest and refocus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace and solitude. Accommodation, meals and spiritual direction are offered. Call 905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to register, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.


Must Read!

For lovers and despisers of Paul, here is the book for you! St. Paul for the Perplexed (Revised Edition) is now available at Amazon, both in hard copy and Kindle. The author, Charles P. Anderson, is a retired Religious Studies Professor and longtime member of the United Church of Canada. Using Paul’s seven authentic letters and a critical reading of Acts, the author creates an image of Paul as mystic, storyteller, community developer, spiritual guide/counsellor, and activist for breaking down ethnic, gender, and class divisions, all motivated by his mission to spread the love ethic through the imitation of Christ.


Kai the Barbarian

The George Leslie Mackay Story – Join us for the World Premiere of a play about Mackay, a hero in Taiwan, from Oxford County, Ontario. Show dates: March 21–31, 2018, in Embro, Ontario. For tickets, please call 519-475-4201 or visit www.facebook.com/EZorra. Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Church Supplies

Church Cushions, Waggoners, Inc.

Full line of church pew and kneeling cushions direct from the manufacturer. Call toll-free at 1-800-396-7555, or visit us at www.pewcushions.com.

Church Folding Tables & Chairs

Are you looking for folding tables and chairs for your next church function? Are your current tables and chairs old, beat up and too heavy to handle? Look no further. National Event Supply is a leading Canadian supplier of quality folding tables and chairs. We have stress-tested our plastic folding tables and routinely ship our products from coast to coast. Give us a call at 905-795-1667, toll free 1-800-827-8953, or send an email to info@NationalEventSupply.com. Check out our full product lineup online at www.NationalEventSupply.com.

Crownex Ltd. Robe Makers & Tailors,

Custom-tailored clergy apparel, choir gowns and vestments. Highest quality, low prices. Tel: 416-503-1288, email: info@crownex.com, website: www.crownex.com. Address: 1270 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, M8Z 1S3.




Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble...

is a national organization for those of differing sexual orientation or gender identity in The United Church of Canada, as well as their families and friends, offering educational resources, advocacy and support. We encourage UCC ministries including congregations, courts and associated organizations to engage in the Affirming Ministries program endorsed by General Council. For more information contact Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble, PO Box 57057, Ottawa, ON, K1R 1A1. Email: affirmunited@affirmunited.ca. Website: www.affirmunited.ca.




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